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Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:56:16 -0800
From: Tony Arcieri <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] PHC finalists announcement

On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM, Krisztián Pintér <> wrote:

> since we are waiting for the decision details, why not review the
> criteria meanwhile?

Hi Krisztián, I am trying to understand and summarize your concerns but
when I do they seem like very good reasons for not selecting particular

   - Emphasize CPU defense over GPU defense
   - Underdocumented/poorly-specified
   - Unsound cryptographically
   - No good reference implementation
   - Doesn't offer anything novel over existing solutions (e.g. bcrypt,

These all sound like good reasons to reject candidates to me, and I don't
think the criteria have diverged from the original CFP.

Tony Arcieri

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